The mission of ADROP is to build bridges between providers, recipients and community leaders across economic political and religious spectra. We seek a community that recognizes the dignity and respect owed all persons. ADROP seeks to devote our time, talent and resources to fostering systemic change in the way poverty is addressed. ADROP joins with educational institutions, parish ministries and other grassroots organizations to use their expertise to understand the causes of poverty and what can be done to effect real, substantial change.


Father Deegan Quote


ADROP carries out its mission by: empowering and collaborating with the poor and those without voice in society by providing programs that match identified needs with known resources.

These programs are:

1. A primary care health clinic (Unity Clinic)

2. A legal aid clinic

3. English as a Second Language (ESL)

4. Education Programs

a. Tutoring/mentoring

b. Musicopia - a city based music education organization

c. Art Goes to School - a city based art program

d. Distance-learning

e. Ballroom dancing

5. Restorative Justice

a. Adeodatus - prison ministry

- Weekly support group

- Voices from Prison and the Edge (Newsletter)

- Philly RJ

6. Other Programs

a. Sanctuary Music Ensemble

b. Handicapped Encounter Christ (H.E.C.)


Our History


In 401 AD, Saint Augustine urged the Council of Carthage to call on the Emperor to reestablish the office of defender of the rights of the poor. In this tradition, ADROP continues to work as defenders of the most vulnerable members of society.


ADROP was founded in 2004 by Jack Deegan, O.S.A.  Fr. Deegan brought leaders, service providers, and volunteers together to assess the needs of the poor in South Philadelphia and began to match those needs with known resources.  Since that time our 150 volunteers and leaders have affected the lives of over 1,000 families living in the South Philadelphia Area.


Poverty is rampant today and the gulf between the rich and the poor is widening. We, as Augustinians and laypeople, must make poverty the center of our ministry and devote a major portion of our time, talents and resources to fostering systemic change in the way poverty is addressed.


We must join with educational institutions, parish ministries, and other grassroots organizations to use their expertise to understand the causes of poverty and what can be done to effect real, sustainable change.

St. Augustine Church






The Augustinian Office of J&P



Saint Augustine Parish



Villanova University



Villanova University College of Nursing



Methodist Hospital



St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School



National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia



Mural Arts Program



University of Pennsylvania



Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova



Augustinian UN NGO






Board of Directors:


Rev. John E. Deegan, O.S.A., Chair

Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., Vice Chair

Michael G. Curry, Treasurer 

Joseph Micucci, Secretary

Rev. Anthony Burrascano, O.S.A., ex officio

Tara Chupka

John F. Faustman

Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick

Thomas M. Gallagher

Rev. Joseph Genito, O.S.A., ex officio

Rev. Nick Mortorano, O.S.A., ex officio

Rev. Arthur Purcaro, O.S.A.

Rev. Bill Waters, O.S.A., ex officio










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